HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — As elected officials react to Governor Ralph Northam and whether or not he is pictured in a racist photo that includes a person in black face and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe, people in the Valley also share their opinions.
"His refusal to resign is a slap in the face to the very Virginians that he claims to represent," Robert Chapman said, "that he claims that he wants to work with."
Two days after Gov. Northam's last public statement, he is still in office. He is ignoring calls from politicians, organizations and people to resign after he admitted to being in a racist photo in his medical school yearbook, then took back his statement, saying he was not in the photo.
"It was very disappointing," Chapman said. "I know that the most important thing a public official can do is be honest in all of his statements to the public."
But not everyone agrees that the picture should cost the governor his job.
"I think it's something that shouldn't have happened, but at that time that was acceptable," Kenneth Miller said. "I think the case against him should just be dropped right now."
On Friday, WHSV spoke to Elizabeth Nathanson, the vice chair for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham NAACP. Nathanson said she was quite disappointed by the governor's most recent statement that it was not him in the picture.
"[His behavior is] not befitting of a governor of our state. I think there's a bigger issue here," Nathanson said. "We always have these incidents and then they seem to go away. We really need to have a conversation about race."
For some, there is only one option left for the governor.
"Leave now, Governor Northam," Chapman said, "while you still have a shred of dignity left."